Los Angeles Kings (42-25-6) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (46-21-5)
ROOT, FS-W – 7:00 pm/et
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
Ten games left and it’s basically survival at this point. Don’t get hurt, don’t get suspended and don’t forget how to play hockey before the playoffs start.
If the Pens get a point today, they’ll clinch a playoff spot.
Interestingly, the Kings have 90 points this season and that puts them in a distant third in the Pacific Division and sixth overall in the West. Only two teams in the East have 90 points or more: Boston and Pittsburgh.
STATS, INFO & NOTES:
Penguins: Sidney Crosby (34G, 61A, 95P)
Kings: Anze Kopitar (22G, 37A, 59P)
Penguins: Jeff Zatkoff (12-4-1, 2.55 GAA, .915 Sv% )
Kings: Martin Jones (10-5-0, 1.90 GAA, .932 Sv% )
Guys, it’s the Jeff Zatkoff/Martin Jones goaltending battle that we’ve been waiting for all our lives!
Penguins: Lost to Phoenix Coyotes 3-2.
Kings: Defeated Washington Capitals 5-4 [SO].
Opposition Blog: [The Royal Half]
What They’re Saying (on Kings.NHL.com): “The Royal Half Gameday: Pittsburgh Penguins”
“The LA Kings are easily playing some of their best hockey of the season right now… and that makes me want to high-five everyone I see!
There is a lot of concern in Pittsburgh these days. No, not over the incredible amount of injuries the Penguins are dealing with… but rather how much time is being wasted by people in Pittsburgh and across the world playing 2048!!!”
What Happened Last Time: January 30, 2014 – Pens won 4-1 [Our Recap]
“If there were ever an example of the first shift of the game deciding things, this game would have it. The Penguins came into Staples Center like bats out of Hell. Bortuzzo wrecked someone. And when Evgeni Malkin scored 57 seconds in, the Kings were stunned, and they never truly recovered.
Even though the Kings are struggling, there was a different feel to the Penguins’ game. You could tell they wanted to prove a point. And prove it they did.”
Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Sidney Crosby. He’s just a few points away from 100 on the season. He’s basically playing himself for the scoring title right now.
Kings Player(s) to Watch: Martin Jones. Look out for a classic “back-up goaltender puts in all-star performance against the Pens” situation here.
Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today’s Game:
Pittsburgh Penguins lines via Daily Faceoff:
|Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Lee Stempniak
Jussi Jokinen – Brandon Sutter – James Neal
Taylor Pyatt – Marcel Goc – Brian Gibbons
Tanner Glass – Craig Adams – Jayson MegnaMatt Niskanen – Olli Maatta
Brooks Orpik – Robert Bortuzzo
Simon Despres – Rob Scuderi
Los Angeles Kings lines via Daily Faceoff:
|Marian Gaborik – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams
Tanner Pearson – Jeff Carter – Tyler Toffoli
Trevor Lewis – Jarret Stoll – Dustin Brown
Kyle Clifford – Mike Richards – Jordan NolanJake Muzzin – Drew Doughty
Slava Voynov – Robyn Regehr
Willie Mitchell – Alec Martinez